Krishnamachari Srikkanth Height, Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 62 Years
Education: B.E. In Electrical Engineering
Wife: Vidya Srikanth

Krishnamachari Srikkanth

Nickname(s)Cheeka [1]Times Now
ProfessionCricketer (Batter)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 8”
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourNatural Black
International DebutODI- On 25 November 1981 against England at Motera Stadium (now Narendra Modi Stadium) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Test- On 27 November 1981 against England at Wankhede Stadium in Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra

T20I- Did not play

Note- There was no T20 at that time.
Domestic/State Team• Tamil Nadu
• South Zone
Batting StyleRight-handed bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm offbreak
Records (main ones)• Second international cricketer to score a fifty and taken five wickets in a same match on 10 December 1988 against New Zealand. [2]India TV
• Joint most catches in a single test inning by a fielder (5) [3]Guinness World Records
• First Indian to got out on 99 runs in One-day Internationals
Batting StatsTests
• Matches- 43
• Innings- 72
• Runs- 2062
• Highest Score- 123
• Average- 29.88
• 100s- 2
• 50s- 12
• 0s- 7

One Day Internationals
• Matches- 146
• Innings- 145
• Runs- 4091
• Highest Score- 123
• Average- 29.01
• Balls Faced- 5702
• Strike Rate- 71.74
• 100s- 4
• 50s- 37
• 0s- 11
Bowling StatsTests
• Matches- 43
• Innings- 16
• Overs- 36.0
• Maidens- 3
• Runs Conceded- 114
• Wickets- 0
• Economy- 3.16
• 5-wicket Haul- 0
• Best Bowling in an Inning- 0

One Day Internationals
• Matches- 146
• Innings- 33
• Overs- 118.4
• Maidens- 3
• Runs Conceded- 641
• Wickets- 25
• Best Bowling in an Inning- 5/27
• Average- 25.64
• Economy- 5.40
• Strike Rate- 28.4
4-wickets in an inning- 0
5-wickets in an innings- 5
AwardC.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award by the Government of India in 2020
Personal Life
Date of Birth21 December 1959 (Monday)
Age (as of 2021)62 Years
BirthplaceE. V. Kalyani Nursing home, Mylapore, Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India
Zodiac signSagittarius
Signature Krishnamachari Srikkanth's signature
HometownChennai, Tamil Nadu
School• St. Bede's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School
• Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School
• Vidhya Sagar Play School
College/University• College of Engineering, Guindy
• Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College (Chennai, Tamil Nadu)
Educational QualificationsB.E. in Electrical Engineering [4]
HobbiesChatting with friends, watching movies, travelling
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage Date30 March 1983
Wife/SpouseVidya Srikanth
Krishnamachari Srikkanth with his wife
ChildrenSon- Anirudha Srikkanth (Domestic-level cricketer)
Srikkanth's son Anirudh Srikkanth

Adithyaa Srikkanth (Businessman)
Adithyaa Srikkanth
GrandchildrenGrand-daughter- Arana
ParentsFather- C.R. Krishnamachari (Businessman)
Mother- Indira Krishnamachari (homemaker)
SiblingsBrother- Krishnamachari Srinath
Sister- Srekala Bharath (Classical Dancer)
Srekala Bharath
CricketerBatsman- Vivian Richards, Gundappa Viswanath, Sachin Tendulkar
Bowler- Dennis Lillee
SportsVolleyball, Basketball, Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis
Foodlemon rasam and cheppankizhangu fry

Krishnamachari Srikkanth hitting a shot

Some Lesser Known Facts About Krishnamachari Srikkanth

  • Does Krishnamachari Srikkanth smoke?: Yes

    Krishnamachari Srikkanth smoking

    Krishnamachari Srikkanth smoking

  • Krishnamachari Srikkanth is a former international cricketer who played for the Indian team from 1981 to 1992. He played the role of the opening batter with the distinctive feature of being a swashbuckling hitter at that time. His aggressive stroke play started the trend of hard-hitting at the start of the inning.
  • He played a crucial role in India’s win in the 1983 Cricket World Cup finals where he was the top-scorer in the match with 38 runs off 57 balls.
    Krishnamachari plays a shot for his valiant 38 runs against West Indies in 1983 World Cup finals

    Krishnamachari plays a shot for his valiant 38 runs against West Indies in the 1983 World Cup finals

    Fans Swarms onto the ground after India's 1983 World Cup win

    Fans Swarms onto the ground after India’s 1983 World Cup win

  • He started playing cricket from his childhood. He had no coach either. Whenever he holds the bat, whether it’s in the corridor or playground, he started playing. The first time he played a tournament was a city Inter-school cricket competition. Later, he attended a coaching camp conducted by Mushtaq Ali when he was in school final year.
  • In 1981, at the age of 21, he made his international debut for India against England at Bombay (now Mumbai). In this match, he got out on zero after facing ten balls. A few days later, he made his test debut where he scored 0 and 13 runs respectively against the same side.

    Krishnamachari Srikkanth pic

    Krishnamachari Srikkanth

  • He made his first test fifty against England at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on 9 December 1981. Likewise, his first century (116 runs) in Test cricket came against Australia in January 1986. Both these games ended in a draw.
  • On 9 June 1983, India’s first match of the 1983 World Cup took place against West Indies at Manchester where Srikkanth opened the batting for India and scored 14 runs. The total runs he scored in the 1983 World Cup was 156 runs in 8 games with an average of 19.5. The highest score in that Cup was against Australia at Nottingham with 39 runs during a league stage.

    Krishnamachari Srikkanth posing his teammates after winning the 1983 World Cup

    Krishnamachari Srikkanth posing with his teammates after winning the 1983 World Cup. Srikkanth third from left; standing

  • As he was playing more matches, he was developing into a mainstay of the Indian cricket team. In 1985 Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket, he again emerged as the highest scorer of the side with 63 runs and helped the Indian team to win the title. In 1989, he was made the captain of the Indian team. Under his captaincy, India could manage to draw all the four test matches against Pakistan in their homeland. However, he was dropped from the side owing to his poor batting performance in that series.
  • After two years, he was brought back to the side for the Australia series where his batting failure continued with 135 runs in 8 innings with an average of 16.88.
  • He retired from international cricket in 1993 after the 1992 World Cup and the tour of Australia. He was also not selected in the South Zone team in 1993. When he ended his cricket career, he had the most runs for India in ODI cricket.
  • Post-retirement, he worked as the coach for India-A for a brief period. Also, he was a commentator and expert analyst with various news and sports channels. On 18 February 2008, he was named as the brand ambassador for the Chennai Super Kings franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL). On 27 September 2008, he was appointed as the Chief selector of the Indian Cricket team whose tenure got ended in 2012. On 20 December 2012, Srikkanth was named the ambassador for the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Besides this, he is also a commentator for the TV Network Star Sports Tamil channel. In January 2020, he was included as a member of the panel of the All India Council of Sports (AICS).

    Srikkanth with Kapil Dev, Roger Binny, and Syed Kirmani at the press conference in Bengaluru, Karnataka

    Srikkanth (2nd from left) with Kapil Dev, Roger Binny, and Syed Kirmani at the press conference in Bengaluru, Karnataka

  • Once Srikkanth was asked whether he was superstitious or not? To which he replied,

    “All of us, every human being is superstitious. I used to look at the sun every time when I entered the ground because I believe in the sun god. I come from an orthodox family which is very religious. It is the upbringing maybe, but I have the habit of looking at the sun 3 times, twirling the bat, touching the pads, and then going into my crouched stance, my legs wide apart, etc. The extra ‘K’ added in my name is due to numerologicalreasons.”

  • Many Indian cricketers posed their opinion on Srikkanth. Kapil Dev opined that

    “Srikkanth’s technique was unique. He was different from others. He was one batsman who could defend the ball and could blast an identical ball when he wanted to. He hit the bowlers all over the place. He had a tremendous eye. He was a great entertainer. His achievements were tremendous both in five-day and one-day cricket. I didn’t admire his technique but certainly did admire the manner in which he could hammer the bowlers”

    While Navjot Singh Sidhu told,

    “On his day, you could never set a field for Srikkanth. His batting was magnetic, attracting crowds from all over the world. His batting was such that even the opponents loved watching him play. The most striking featureof Srikkanth’s batting was his urge to dominate the bowlers. When he batted, he would either tear the attack or get out. I have never seen anyone bat like him. He had a character and style of his own. Nobody can copy ‘Cheeka Bhai”

    Syed Kirmani said,

    “A cheerful man like Srikkanth is a blessing to the side. He is a most accommodative person, a good team-mate, a source of encouragement on the field. In the case of sportspersons, the face would tell everything when they were under pressure. The most enviable quality in Srikkanth has been that he would never show that he was under tension. This quality helped Srikkanth, the cricketer to succeed.”

    Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar said,

    “Srikkanth would pull my legs often in Pakistan saying, “Sachin, you are going to be India’s captain. Don’t forget me”. It was in a lighter vein. Cheeka never kept a formal captain-player relationship. I got full encouragement from him. For any youngster to get such encouragement, I could myself lucky to have played under him. He never put pressure on me. He would say, “Just play your game. Play your natural game, you will get runs”. Srikkanth was a friendly guy and absolutely marvelous.”

    Sunil Gavaskar taking a bow in front of Srikkanth after he hit 4 fours in an over against Ashantha De Mel of Sri Lanka in mid 1980s

    Sunil Gavaskar took a bow in front of Srikkanth after he hit 4 fours in an over against Ashantha De Mel of Sri Lanka in the mid-1980s

  • On 24 December 2021, a Hindi film titled ’83’ was released in which the role of Krishnamachari Srikkanth was played by Jiiva.

    Jiiva's look as Krishnamachari Srikkanth from '83

    Jiiva as Krishnamachari Srikkanth in a movie ’83’